Writing is a fascinating way to bring your thoughts out of hiding. It’s not a matter of whether you can make money from writing or not. It’s a matter of whether you can be a useful member of society. I have already retired from one job, so I have fulfilled my economic utility as a member of society. It’s not my job anymore, it’s the job of future generations. I’m done living paycheck to paycheck, my family is well off, and my children are grown.
I still write, but my writing tools are very simple. A Bluetooth keyboard and a cell phone. Since I’ve been writing, I feel like I’m rich and happy with just those two tools. I still struggle to keep up with my typing speed, but that’s okay. Most people who type fast also develop carpal tunnel syndrome, but I don’t think I’m going to get it at my stuttering speed. If you look closely, the only fingers I use to type are the six left and right ones that are hard at work. My index finger, middle finger, and sometimes my thumb. My thumb is only used to hit the space bar, and I do most of my writing with my index and middle fingers.
Writing is a revealing process, but it’s fascinating how consonants and vowels come together to form words. In Hangul, consonants always go first. The vowels follow later. It’s like a mother rushing to catch up with her young son as he runs out of her sight. It’s fascinating how writing can reveal a writer’s thoughts and move people who read it. I don’t care if no one reads my words. It has the effect of ordering my thoughts one by one through writing. When I write, my confused mind calms down and my thoughts are organized. This is the healing effect of writing.
I’m writing again today. As long as you are alive, you have something to see, hear, and think about. Being a writer is the best job for people in their fifties and sixties. It is a time when you have accumulated experience and knowledge over the years, and you are free from earning money, whether willingly or unwillingly. If you still pursue physical favors at that age, it will only lead to mental emptiness and adult diseases. If this is the result of trying so hard to eat well and live well for the past years, how much better will it be now that your hair is white and your body is dull? You should be able to give up what doesn’t work. That is a wise life. If I have accumulated experience and knowledge over the course of five or six decades, but my life hasn’t changed, what does that experience and knowledge mean to me? In that sense, writing is a tool for maturing in your 50s and 60s. No matter how I think about it, I’m glad I decided to become a writer.